Kudos for China’s stand on Bieber
The Order of Canada is the highest non-military honor my country can bestow on its citizens, and the Order’s official constitution stipulates that non-Canadians are also eligible for honorary membership “for contributions to humanity at large”.
Based on that criterion, nominations should be proffered to the person or persons at the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture who recently decreed that bubble gum crooner and punk poseur Justin Bieber will not be welcome in China until he cleans up his act.
“the world’s most famous Canadian” (that’s totally bogus — we all know it’s William Shatner) canceled his global tour, the New York
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Times quoted this response by the BMBC to a young fan’s complaint that China wasn’t one of the stops:
“Justin Bieber is a gifted singer but he is also a controversial foreign idol. We understand there are records of his bad behavior, whether in his private life abroad or on stage. His inappropriate manner has caused public discontent. In order to regulate the market order of show business in China and purify the market environment, it has been decided that performers of inappropriate behavior will not be welcomed. We hope that as Justin Bieber matures, he can continue to improve his own words and actions, and truly become a singer beloved by the public.”
Perhaps never before has the Order’s definition of a “contribution to humanity at large” been better articulated.
Here are just a few examples of JB’s pathetically puerile indiscretions: the Anne Frank museum in Amsterdam and wrote in the guest book that he hoped the Holocaust victim, who was
Nazi concentration camp, would have been a fan. “Truly inspiring to be able to come here,” Bieber wrote. “Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.”
gized for disrespecting the national flag of Argentina onstage in Buenos Aires, claiming he thought it was his shirt. In Brazil, he was charged for painting graffiti on the walls of his Rio hotel. “It’s a crime,” police chief Antonio Ricardo told Associated Press. “Even celebrities need to know that our laws are to be obeyed.”
apologized for snapping a selfie in front of the infamous Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo, which offended Chinese and South Koreans who view the shrine as a symbol of Japanese wartime aggression. “I asked my driver to pull over when I saw a beautiful shrine,” Bieber wrote on Instagram. “I was misled to think shrines were only places of prayer. To anyone I have offended, I am extremely sorry. I love you China and I love you Japan.”
was kicked out of a Mayan archaeological site in Mexico for climbing on protected ruins. Sadly, it goes on and on. Sadder still, to the embarrassment of Canadians everywhere, the twerp remains an idol to millions of clueless teenyboppers the world over.
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